Kristin's Author Talks & Workshops
“Kristin catered to the age group appropriately and had the students wanting to know more, in fact it was a struggle to get them out the door for lunch. Engaging and fun activities encouraged student participation. I highly recommend Kristin visiting your school.”
“Kristin was fantastic as she launched her series with our Year 3 girls. Her interactive presentation had them all begging to be involved and they absolutely loved hearing about her pets, family, who she’s met and worked with and where else she gets her ideas from. The girls were buzzing all day and our PDHPE teachers loved the positive impact her visit has had on their lessons too.”
“Each audience was enthralled by Kristin’s warm, entertaining, and entirely relatable presentation.”
“The students had a lot of questions and Kristin kept them engaged throughout the whole hour.”
“Kristin wowed us with her smile, her great sense of humour and her enthusiasm for story-telling. A huge thank you for inspiring our budding readers and writers.”
To book Kristin for your school or event, contact:
Creative Kids Tales (NSW)
Phone Georgie: 0419 689 942
Speakers Ink (Queensland)
Phone: (07) 30408 INK (465)
Becky’s Literary Bookings (South Australia)
Phone: 0424 584 697
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin’s Author Talks & Workshops
Kristin is available for author talks and workshops for students in grades K-6 (workshop ideas listed below).
She will tailor sessions to suit student levels, interests and your desired curriculum outcomes. Kristin is looking forward to being part of your students’ creative journey.
After working as a journalist for more than 20 years, Kristin loves sharing her experience as a Television reporter and producer to support students with their non-fiction writing journey. She can adapt non-fiction workshops outlined below for the experience and learning level of your students.
Adults talks & Festivals
Kristin is an experienced interviewer and panel chair for Festivals and literary events. She has facilitated both online and in-person interviews.
Kristin is happy to conduct interviews, be a moderator, or participate in panels talking about her experience transitioning from journalism to writing for children. She can also talk to the importance of children’s literature from her work as Program Manager for the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation.
(Kristin is happy to tailor a workshop to suit your students – just ask!)
- Building believable characters
- Where do story ideas come from?
- Writing from different points of view
- Adding fact to fiction (writing about what you love)
- Writing as a Team (collaborative writing)
- Be A Reporter + Writing for TV
- Making Non-Fiction Fun!
- Write-a-Book-in-a-Day (WABIAD) Preparation
“Kristin visited our Year 3 students recently to share latest release of her book in her Football Fever series. Her passion, enthusiasm and energy were contagious among all who were there. Students were encouraged to start creating as she shared her passion for reading and why she started writing. Connections were easily made between the Year 3s and her books Football Fever, a popular sport among the students at school and they could all relate to being a team player. Kristin catered to the age group appropriately and had the students wanting to know more, in fact it was a struggle to get them out the door for lunch. Engaging and fun activities encouraged student participation. I highly recommend Kristin visiting your school.”
– Kate Perry, Junior School Library Inquiry Integrator, Barker College
“The students thoroughly enjoyed Kristin’s author visit to our school today. She was very entertaining and had the girls in stitches! Kristin also spoke to the girls about the writing process, how to get story ideas and how to build and flesh out characters. All the students loved Kristin’s talk!”
– Christine Rothfield, Junior School Teacher Librarian, Ravenswood School for Girls
“Kristin was fantastic as she launched Book 3 in her series with our Year 3 girls. Her interactive presentation had them all begging to be involved and they absolutely loved hearing about her pets, family, who she’s met and worked with and where else she gets her ideas from. The girls were buzzing all day and our PDHPE teachers loved the positive impact her visit has had on their lessons too.”
– Svetlana Paul, Junior School Teacher Librarian, Tara Anglican School for Girls
“Kristin presented an ‘Author Talk’ for our Year 5 students on her latest release in conjunction with Football Australia ‘Football Fever: The Kick off’. She engaged with the students very well throughout. They were fascinated with stories from her life, family, pets (especially Winter) and the process of writing using story prompts. The students had a lot of questions and Kristin kept them engaged throughout the whole hour. So many of them are looking forward to reading this book, the first in the series of four, as the characters are the same age and the story appeals to them. Thanks for visiting us Kristin and we hope to have you back for the next book too!
– Kym Gray, Learning Enhancement Teacher – St Augustine’s College
“Kristin Darell did two presentations at our school, one for Years 4 and 5 and one for Years 2 and 3. Each audience was enthralled by Kristin’s warm, entertaining, and entirely relatable presentation. Kristin talked about her book, ‘Football Fever: The Kick-Off’, a book about a topic very close to the heart of many of our students. The students were captivated as Kristin not only spoke about her book but the things which inspired her writing and the writing process. Some of Kristin’s own life experiences were also shared with the students who loved hearing about her pets and past experiences as a journalist. Kristin allowed plenty of time for students to ask questions and then very generously afterwards to signs copies of books, pieces of paper and diaries the students had brought along making each of these students feel special with some one to one time with her.”
– Kylie Sheehan, Teacher in the Library – St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School
“We were delighted to welcome author Kristin Darell to St Martin’s Catholic School in early October. Our Stage 2 and 3 students thoroughly enjoyed listening to Kristin share stories about her life, her passion for writing and her latest chapter book series, Football Fever. She wowed us with her smile, her great sense of humour and her enthusiasm for story-telling. A huge thank you to Kristin for inspiring our budding readers and writers. We now have a signed copy of her first book, The Kick Off, in our library which students are fighting over!”
– Angela Debien, Teacher/Librarian – St Martin’s Catholic Primary School Davidson
“Kristin was amazing. She tailored her talk to met the needs of the different groups and aligned with our curriculum requirements. Kristin really engaged the students and demanded some deep thinking from them.”
– Denistone East Public School
Recent festivals & events include:
September 2023: Author in residence for a week on the Sydney Writer’s Festival Russ the Story Bus
July 2023: Host for Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival sessions & Combining Fact & Fiction Author session
June 2022: Chair of the Aspiring Writers Panel at the 2022 Kids & YA Festival, WritingNSW
June 2022: ScribeTribe host at the Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival
July 2021: Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival – Reporting & Non-Fiction for Lower Primary
March 2021: MC and moderator for Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation Summit
July 2020: Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival – Non-Fiction for Stage 2 “Heroes”